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The Château of Čečovice boasts a new ceiling

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August 2015 - The Château of Čečovice boasts a new ceilingIn time for the summer festival in Čečovice, and ahead of schedule, visitors to the château will be able to see the progress in the restoration of the building destroyed by neglect and a devastating fire. The best remaining room of the château now has a ceiling thanks to a grant from Th...
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The music festival at the Château of Čečovice

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August 2015 - The music festival at the Château of Čečovice, now an annual event in this part of west Bohemia, enjoyed a well deserved success during the last weekend of August. The annual music festival in the Château of Čečovice is made possible by musicians playing for free in order to help the restoration fund. Many people attended for the musi...
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The Friends complet our tour of three week-long working parties at Červený Dvůr

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August 2015 - The Friends have just completed our tour of three week-long working parties at Červený Dvůr where volunteers set about completing the major outstanding brickwork. Most had never laid a brick in their lives and many discovered a new skill. This and their productivity took the local doubters by surprise. Following this success we are no...
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The Friends were nominated for a ‘Ceny Ď’ prize in the Czech Republic

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June 2015 - The Friends were nominated for a ‘Ceny Ď’ prize in the Czech Republic. This is for our work on Uherčice Château in South Moravia. The château found itself in a restricted area near the Iron Curtain border with Austria for 41 years, and was used by border guards for some time. Since 1989 the Czech Heritage Institute has been conserving a...
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Lecture: 'Lednice/Valtice - Bringing the UNESCO-listed historic gardens in Moravia to life'

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May 2015 - The Friends held a lecture 'Lednice/Valtice - Bringing the UNESCO-listed historic gardens in Moravia to life', given by Ing. Přemysl Krejčiřík PhD and Kamila Krejčiříková PhD, photo below.Ing. Kamila Krejčiříková Ph.D., assisted by her husband Přemysl, gave a very interesting lecture at the Czech Embassy, London, on the work they, as exp...
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Members of The Friends' committee travelled to see projects in the Czech Republic

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March 2015 - Members of The Friends' committee travelled to see projects in the Czech Republic early in the month, visiting the Church of St Nicholas in Petrovice, the Château of Uherčice and the Château of Čečovice.Photo: from left to right Peter Jamieson and Barbara Peacock of The Friends, Miroslava Susová and her son Jíří, James Robertson of The...
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Lecture 'HAVEL, A LIFE' by Mr Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK

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March 2015 - The Friends held a lecture 'HAVEL, A LIFE' by Mr Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK and biographer of Havel, on 5th March 2015 at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, London. Václav Havel, an intellectual, playwright, philosopher and President, was a key figure of the 20th century and Michael Žantovský was one...
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Lecture: 'Kilián Ignac Dientzenhofer (1689-1751) - Architect and Master Builder in 18th century Bohemia' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

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February 2015 - The Friends organised a lecture in the Czech Embassy, London, 'Kilián Ignac Dientzenhofer (1689-1751) - Architect and Master Builder in 18th century Bohemia' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes, art historian, former lecturer at Leeds University, held on 5th February 2105.The event was organised with the co-operation of the Embassy of the Cz...
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The Prague Post reports on the exhibition ' Castles & Chateaux Rediscovered and Celebrated'

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December 2014 - The Prague Post reports on the exhibition ' Castles & Chateaux Rediscovered and Celebrated'"The exhibition opens with the monumental medieval gates of Karlštejn Castle, though which the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV would have walked; they have been witness to many skirmishes throughout history and now are opened ...
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'The Velvet Revolution 25 Years on: An Émigré Perspective'

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November 2014 - Friends' lecture in London, organised with the support and co-operation of the Embassy of the Czech Republic'The Velvet Revolution 25 Years on: An Émigré Perspective'The Friends held a lecture evening by Dr. Katya Kocourek, formerly of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, who gave an absorbi...
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